Scale on Mugo Pines

Hi. I have 3 large mugo pines planted in a group in the front yard. They’ve had a scale issue for the past few years. Humber Nurseries recommended I spray them with mixture of sulphur and horticultural oil (from a…

Pruning Spirea

I pruned my spirea bushes (Magic Carpet, Spiraea bumalda) in April before they leafed out. Now, a month later they are about a foot tall and filling in with lovely reddish leaves. However on each bush, there are several branches…

Serviceberry tree planting near septic

How far away (how close) can I plant a serviceberry tree in proximity to a septic tank and field? (Photo: rake for perspective, jug where I’d like to plant the tree)…

Sudden die off of Smoke Tree

I planted a Smoke Tree in my front yard in the Dufferin and Bloor area of Toronto about 10 years ago. It has done tremendously well, and is probably close to 30 feet tall..absolutely spectacular when in bloom. It is…

Caring for Hydrangeas

Hello As much as I cover my pink and blue hydrangeas they freeze during the Toronto winter. I wonder which Hydrangeas bloom only on new wood, so there is no need to cover them for winter but still they will…

Lilac Agincourt

Hi Is there any lilac available for Toronto zone that would be look like a tree. I googled that and found there is one kind called Persian Lilac Tree, please see the link below. I would love to have something…

Assistance with Garden

My mother is very ill and she has asked me to take care of her garden but I don’t recognize all of the plants or I don’t know how to take care of them. I’m afraid I will accidentally dig…